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Key Coaching Decision #1 (MIN trails 7-31 / 4th & Goal PHI 8 / 6:27 Q4)
- On their opening possession of the 2nd half, Minnesota assembled a drive to get them within the Philadelphia 8 yard line. Facing a 4th & Goal, they elected to attempt the conversion instead of kicking the field goal. Philadelphia had a significant lead at this point, but by attempting to convert a low probability 4th & 8, Minnesota staked three points and a significant momentum on the outcome of one low probability play. The attempt was unsuccessful.
- Although Minnesota needed several scores to get back in the game, we felt it was too early to start chasing points. The drive was effective, and by coming away with points, the offense has some momentum to build off of, whereas coming away empty handed shifted all the momentum back to Philadelphia and their home crowd.
- Philadelphia dialed up some very effective pressure by sending five to six players to rush the quarterback. The pressure affected QB Case Keenum early, forcing an errant throw that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, as well as a strip sack in the red zone. Keenum looked unsettled for much of the day and was definitely impacted by the pass rush. Credit to DC Jim Schwartz’ play calling and game planning.
- Minnesota looked flat in this game, which is understandable given the emotional win they experienced the week before. QB Nick Foles completed 26 of his 33 passes for 352 yards, and was flawless in the second half. It was a good place for Philadelphia and they seemed to catch Minnesota coming off an emotional win, which is to say that both these teams were well coached, one team just executed to a higher level on this day.